(New York Daily News) An aged Japanese elephant that sparked controversy about zoo conditions has died aged 69.
Hanako, which means "flower child," lived almost her entire life at Tokyo's Inokashira Park Zoo, after being given to Japan by Thailand in 1949, according to NHK, which confirmed the death.
She surpassed the life expectation for Asian elephants, which the Smithsonian say can live to 60 in the wild. A zoo official said that she was discovered lying on her side Thursday morning and died in the afternoon.
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